Maureen P. Corry, MPH

Executive Director 
Maureen Corry has thirty years experience as a researcher, educator, advocate and policy analyst focusing on maternal and child health promotion and maternity care quality improvement.  She joined Childbirth Connection (founded in 1918 as Maternity Center Association) as executive director in 1995, and has positioned the organization as a powerful and effective advocate for evidence-based maternity care and maternity care quality improvement.  In 2006, she guided the organization through a rebranding process to bring its name, logo and website in line with its contemporary focus.  Maureen spearheaded recent efforts to launch Childbirth Connection’s Transforming Maternity Care initiative focused on improving maternity care quality and value through broad health system improvement. This work resulted in the release of two direction-setting reports "2020 Vision for a High-Quality, High-Value Maternity Care System" and "Blueprint for Action", and the establishment of a public-private multi-stakeholder Partnership and Action Community to implement Blueprint steps to improve maternity care quality and value.

Prior to joining Childbirth Connection, Maureen spent 14 years at the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. Maureen is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF), and serves as vice chair of NQF’s Consumer Council.  She also served as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the NQF’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Perinatal Care Project.  She currently serves as a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Commission on Quality Assurance and the Patient Consumer Advisory Committee of the Center for Medical Technology Policy. She also serves as Co-chair of Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare, and is a member of the Advisory Council for Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need.  Maureen received her MPH from Yale School of Public Health in Health Services Administration.
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Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH

Director of Programs
Carol Sakala has been involved with maternity care issues as an advocate, educator, researcher, author, and policy analyst for more than twenty-five years, with a continuous focus on meeting the needs of childbearing women and their families. She joined Childbirth Connection (then known as Maternity Center Association) as Director of Programs in 2000, after helping to plan the organization’s long-term national program to promote evidence-based maternity care. She has since developed and led a broad range of program activities to advance Childbirth Connection's mission of improving the quality of maternity care through research, education, advocacy and policy. Through its programs, Childbirth Connection serves as a trusted and valued resource to health professionals, childbearing women, policy makers, the media, and a broad range of organizations and agencies.

Carol is the lead author of the 2008 Milbank Report, Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve, is co-author of a series of Listening to Mothers survey reports, and is co-author of the widely accessed Cochrane Review "Continuous Support for Women During Childbirth." She is active in groups that are working to improve the quality of health care, both nationally (e.g., National Quality Forum, National Priorities Partnership) and internationally (e.g., Cochrane Collaboration, Guidelines International Network). Carol was a Pew Health Policy fellow at Boston University, where she received her doctorate in Health Policy through the University Professors Program in 1993.  She has Master's Degrees from the University of Utah and the University of Chicago.
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